Jewelry designer and painter
From the age of 8, Laurence regularly attended the Academy of Drawing at Watermael-Boisfort where, under the direction of Roger Somville, she discovered oil painting. While it is a difficult and demanding painting technique, it was one that suited the young artist.
After graduating with a diploma in the Arts, Laurence Henno pursued the course that she had envisaged for years : to become a painter. Motivated by her pleasure in working with colour and supported by her parents, she obtained a degree in Illustration at Saint-Luc (Brussels) in 1993. It was in the same year that she also won the Prix du public Figures Futur in Montreuil.
With her constant attention to light and colour variations, transparency and the play of shadows, combined with great attention to detail and accuracy, Laurence’s creations expressed themselves fully in the illustrations of children’s books. Between 1994 and 2006, she completed the illustrations of 9 children’s albums that were simultaneously published in several languages (for the editions of the National Museums, Mijade and Artis-Historia). She also illustrated a dozen books of children’s games and illustrations for the Milan Press.
Apart from her children’s books, Laurence Henno exhibits her paintings. These are predominantly inspired by nature and expresses her interest in the materials, in volumes and most importantly, the light. Laurence has had a number of exhibitions in France (including at the Navy Museum in Paris and the Galerie François Girodeau) and Belgium (including the Cinquantenaire Museum, Marine Gallery and Careveld Museum). Today she is recognized as the Official Painter for the Belgian Navy.